IMDA to Make New 5G bands Available to Network Operators

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is seeking views from the public and industry on the potential use and allocation of the 2.1 GHz spectrum band for 5G in Singapore.

The band is currently used for 3G services and will expire at the end of 2021. IMDA is proposing to use the 2.1 GHz spectrum band to support the nationwide deployment of 5G Standalone (SA) networks, while allowing flexibility for 3G services to continue. It also gives an opportunity for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to bid on how much spectrum they require. Along with that, 3G will still be allocated on the 2.1 GHz band, but in a limited capacity.

IMDA Public Consultation on Policy Issues & Proposed Regulatory Design for 2.1 GHz.

The 2.1 GHz spectrum band has good propagation characteristics, making it suitable for wide-area coverage for 5G.

IMDA proposes to allocate the 2.1 GHz band for 5G networks based on SA network specifications, in line with IMDA’s key 5G policy objectives to:

  1. Maximise value of 5G for the economy and welfare for the consumers
  2. Facilitate efficient allocation of scarce spectrum resources
  3. Bring about 5G networks that are secure and resilient
  4. Support the growth of Singapore’s telecommunications sector.

For more information on the public consultation, please click here. The public consultation closes at 12PM, August 16, 2021.

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